Trailer Tuesday

It’s been a while since MMC! has offered a “Trailer Tuesday” post. I’m going to try and make “Trailer Tuesday” a monthly feature with aims at celebrating trailers for upcoming movies, films recently announced for spine numbered editions, and trailers that caught our eye (regardless of the feature’s quality).

The last month has offered a lot of trailers that are pure eye candy, but the most stunning belongs to Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017). As a fan of the originals BDs (read: French comic books) by author Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, I must say that Besson’s realization of the series’ far-future world is impeccable and, as often happens in his other films, it may likely carry the film over any weaknesses in its plot or performances – fingers crossed!

Another admission: I adore the films of Gore Verbinski. From The Ring (2002) to Rango (2011), from The Mexican (2001) to The Weather Man (2005), from his Pirates trilogy to The Lone Ranger (2013), Verbinski makes exciting, visually impressive films (that are sneaky smart for their commercial trappings – and yes, that specifically includes The Lone Ranger).  Who can say what A Cure for Wellness (2017) is exactly about, but the trailer looks spectacular!

Of the films announced for release in February by the Criterion Collection, Michael Curtiz’s Mildred Pierce (1945) occupies my greatest blind spot. While I know its plot, I’ve never actually seen either the Curtiz version or Todd Haynes’s 2011 mini-series. This trailer’s merger of noir and melodrama is amazing (and brings to mind Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) by its secondhand descriptions of Pierce). I see watching this with whisky in one hand and Kleenex in the other.

Last night, horror label Vestron Video announced its spine numbers 6 and 7 – Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988) and Bob Balaban’s Parents (1989). The Lair of the White Worm had long been a title planned for a “Make Mine Arrow!” proposal, but with Vestron thankfully beating me to the punch, I’m left to extol the virtues of the film here – Russell’s fevered imagination, Amanda Donohoe’s absolute sexiness, and that great pub song telling the legend of the d’Ampton Worm! Enjoy Vestron’s custom trailer announcing the upcoming release.

Last but not least is the legendary Kier-La Janisse and her teaser for the 2016 Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. Monster Fest starts on Thursday and it looks excellent. If anyone wants to put up the airfare for me, I’m more than willing to free up my schedule and cover it. Just putting it out there.  I’m generous that way.

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